Once students enter junior high, a more concentrated career exploration focus begins and creates an opportunity for a more strategic curriculum alignment process to begin. Using the Indiana Career Explorer resource tool, students begin to explore the world around them and learn more about the many diverse and ever-expanding career opportunities available. Studies show that today's elementary aged students will be working in career fields that have not even been created as of today.
The career exploration tool guides students through a series of questions to determine what career fields align with their unique, innate abilities and interests, categorizes a series of examples of specific careers and broader fields of interest and explains what academic curriculum and skill sets are necessary to be successful in those fields. While we understand this can, and will likely, change, this early exploration provides a refined lens through which students can use to select classes which will give them insight into various fields of interest, at a younger age, helping to determine if it may be a long-term interest or something they realize is not a fit.